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Edo Indigenous Movement gets working Committee Chairman for  Global Festival

As part of preparations for the Edo indigenous home coming global festival, a Working Committee Chairman has been appointed. He is Mr. Ben Owens Ifionayi, who is from Edo South Senatorial District of Edo State.

This was revealed to newsmen in Benin City by the Edo Indigenous Leader and President of Edo Progressive Indigenous Association (EPIA), also known as Edo Indigenous Movement (EIM) Worldwide, Chief Dr. Bishop Omogiade Enoyiogiere Edokpolo.

According to Edokpolo, “the responsibilities of the Chairman working committee include helping EPIA/EIM to plan and organize or put the right modalities in place for the Edo indigenous home coming global festival bid for January, 2020”.

The EPIA leader urged Ifionayi to comply with EPIA/EIM guidelines and directives in carrying out all his duties in this regard.

According to EPIA boss, Mr. Ifionayi will be assisted by Engr. Tomi Ayannuga, and the Women Festival Committee Director, Mrs Comfort Osifo and the Women Chairperson, Mrs. Edith Westergard.

Responding, Mr. Ben Owens Ifionayi said he wholeheartedly accepted the offer to be the Chairman of Edo Indigenous Global Festival working committee charged with the responsibility of putting in place an action plan towards hosting a very successful festival that is scheduled to hold on January, 2022 in the glorious city of Benin.

“My name is Ben Owens Efionayi, CEO of Benowens Investment Nigeria Limited in Benin, CEO Bambie Multimedia Nigeria Limited in Benin & Abuja and also a Director and Board member, Triple E Estate Management Nigeria Limited. I also function as a legal forensic analyst in the Justice Department in Geneva, Switzerland. I am very honoured and proud to be part of this project going forward. It’s been long over due.

“I would also like to express my profound and deep appreciation to our President for his insightful, courageous and visionary work with the EPIA movement ably supported by very smart and positive minded people as members of the executive team. May God grant him more wisdom to pilot the affairs of the movement”, said Mr. Ifionayi.

NIGERIA/GHANA: Retrace your steps for the sake of Africa, Edo Indigenes tells Ghana

Edo Progressive Indigenes Association, EPIA has appealed to Ghana to retrace its steps over the draconian laws its making against Nigerian business owners in the country.

EPIA said its high time Ghana president, Nana Akufo-Addo realize that whatever policies are made against Nigerians will breed bad blood and mess up the much needed unity of African nations and people in the long run.

The Ghanaian government had imposed a $1million levy on traders in the country, who are mainly Nigerians, claiming that its action was due to the border closure policy of the Nigerian government.

Ghanaian Foreign Minister, Honorable Shirley Ayorkor Botchway had cited the border closure policy by President Buhari as having very badly affected the revenues of Ghanaian exporters.

But in reaction to the policies EPIA founder and Edo indigenous leader, Chief Bishop J.O.E Edokpolo stated that this is not good for Africa, while addressing newsmen in Benin City.

He said “We expected Ghana president to be civilized, given his past speeches and presentations. It’s sad that he has a disunity mindset. The act of levying such a huge tax on Nigerian businessmen is condemnable. Should there be anything Africans should expect, he should show leadership qualities.

“We expected him to be an African leader. We call on him not as Nigerians alone but as African Indigenes to please stay away from his discriminatory and condemnable act. What he is doing is not different from what apartheid government did-marginalization, oppression, and this is doom for Africa.

“Nigerian leadership and Ghana must come together now and know where each has erred and retrace their steps. We must return to our brotherliness as soon as possible. Ghana and Nigeria must play a good role as leaders and show example”, the Edo leader advised.

2023: Edo should produce president after Buhari – Edo Indigenes

The umbrella body of Edo indigenes, Edo Indigenous Movement(EIM) /Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA) has said that the next president of Nigeria should be an Edo person.

EPIA in its argument, wondered why there is so much hullabaloo over Nigeria’s presidency when the Edo people, despite their contributions to national development, have never been considered for the position.

Chief Bishop J.O.E Edokpolo who is the Edo Indigenous leader and president, in a message to journalists at the weekend, said its the turn of Edo State to produce a president.

“In all fairness, Nigeria should be led by a president of Edo extraction in 2023. Given its historical role in Nigeria and as a kingdom that has been seen as one of the most historically civilized class of people in Africa, we feel very marginalized for not having a president from Edo Kingdom. It is our turn and not our fault, Edo is able and capable”, he stated.

Edo Indigenous Movement congratulate over Olumide Akpata NBA National Electoral Victory

An Edo Indigenous Movement known as Edo Progressive Indigenous Association (EPIA) has commended Olumide Akpata who emerged Presidential winner of the Nigerian Bar Association’s (NBA) national elections, after defeating two other contestants who are Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs). This victorious win makes him the NBA’s first non-SAN President in years.

This commendation was made in Benin by the leader and President of EPIA, Chief Dr Bishop J.O. Enoyiogiere Edokpolo. He said the overwhelming solidarity that the Benin Branch of the NBA drummed up for Akpata could as well earn him the well deserved victory at the International Bar Association’s cadre.

“This result represents a sudden change in the order, as Akpata is now the first non-SAN to lead the Nigerian Bar Association in years. Feedback from members of the NBA indicates that there has been a long-standing hunger for a paradigm shift. And now it appears many of the association’s members have a good reason to be excited.

“Patriot Olumide Akpata-For us, members and trustees of the Edo Progressive Indigenous Association Worldwide, your eminently deserved victory at the NBA presidential election polls did not come to us as a surprise. ‘Owamagbomwan – oresetin’ is an esoteric Benin maxim, which espouse the unbreakable power of home support.

“In the spirit of ‘Evbuomwan aro ne amen ro yi’, we rise in altruistic felicitation, for your resounding victory, while wishing you a landmark tenure. We beseech you, to be humble in victory, and extend a sincere hand of fellowship to your co-aspirants.

“Additionally Mr. President-Elect, put on the toga of a statesman, and not that of a politician. While politicians think of the next election, statesmen think of the next generation.

“We are praud of our son and brother, a bonafide Edo Indigene to be the president of NBA. You have made us proud. Be assured of our prayers, now and always. Once again, congratulations. Kindly endeavour to make Edo nation proud of your tenure. Barrister akpata Ose- nobla re- kpaee Ise. Obagha to kpere ise “, Chief Edokpolo said.

Recall that Akpata won the election with a total of 9,891 votes of the total 18,256 ballots cast, while his closest rival, Babatunde Ajibade (SAN) polled 4,328 votes and Dele Adesina (SAN) polled 3,982 votes.

The election commenced at exactly 11 am on Wednesday, July 29, and ended at 11 pm on Thursday, July 30. It was a virtual voting process where registered members of the association logged into the National Officers Election webpage with their Supreme court numbers and cast their votes. About 29,636 eligible voters were registered, and the election committee sent the voting link to the registered members via emails and sms.

EPIA to host 1st online debate with Edo governorship candidates August 9

The Edo Indigenous Movement Worldwide(EIM) under the aegis of Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA) says it has concluded all necessary arrangements to host all governorship candidates in the Edo Governorship election 2020.

EPIA revealed that it will be anchoring a debate, where the 14 candidates will appear and tell Edo people what they intend to deliver to the citizens, if they win in the coming election.

The founding president and leader of Edo indigenes, Chief Bishop JOE Edokpolo who stated this in Benin, announced that they have concluded their arrangement for the debate which will be virtual, and monitored across the globe.

“We have completed the invitation process to have all the 14 governorship candidates to participate in the debate, as Edo indigenous people are very interested in knowing what the candidates have to offer.

“Edo people all over the world will be watching the show for them to tell us how they intend to implement their agenda or manifesto. These are the things that matter to our people, whom these candidates shall serve, if they win the election”.

He also said that more information about the debate will be made public as they come.

Edo Indigenous Movement set for showdown with companies marginalising its citizens

The worldwide uniting body of all Edo indigenes, Edo Progressive Indigenous Association (EPIA) has warned that it will no longer tolerate the marginalisation of its citizens by multinationals, banks, government parastatals and other companies in its own soil.

EPIA, also known as Edo Indigenous Movement (EIM) while announcing its planned showdown with these companies, frowned at the continued marginalisation of Edo indigenes by these comknakes domiciled in Edo soil.

EPIA /EIM President, Chief Bishop JOE Edokpolo who spoke to our reporter in Benin City on the matter, said they have received several reports of marginalisation by indigenes and would swing into action to verify these issues and ensure they are corrected. Hear him;

“We Edo indigenous people will no longer tolerate marginalization of our Indigenes in their own land. Moving forward, companies, banks and governments must learn to prioritize Edo Indigenes and put them in the priority first class, list that they belong to, as EPIA/EIM is set to verify and expose the companies and banks that are underemploying and underpaying Edo indigenous people.

“This act against our people is contrary to the Local Content Act passed into law by the then Administration of Goodluck Jonathan in April 2010. We can no longer accept to be 3rd class citizens as we are not slaves in our own land”, he warned.

Political leaders, nobles must be held accountable for breaking the law, says EPIA/EIM

Edo Indigenous Movement (EIM)/Edo Progressive Indigenous Association (EPIA)has expressed shock over the rate of political elites and other supposed leaders in the society break state and federal laws with impunity.

Consequently, the movement called on the police and other security agencies to prosecute these elites just as they prosecute ordinary citizens when a crime is committed in the state. According to EPIA, everyone is equal before the law and should be handled as such.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Chairman of Edo Indigenous Publicity and Research Committee Mr. Osazee Nelson Godwin.

According to the statement, “part of the reasons why we are underdeveloped or classified as underdeveloped is simply because there is a culture of impunity and exploitation of loopholes in our legal system by the elites. This attitude of our elites and the response of our securities agencies has demoralized the mood of our citizens and investors alike.

“Because the political leaders or elites who are supposed to be role models have not lived up to expectations, some ordinary citizens now see committing crimes as a way of life and this trend has retarded our society in the area of developments.

“We want to use this medium to call on all our future leaders, especially those candidates contesting for 2020 Edo governorship election to unveil their agenda on how they intend to restore law and order in the society, the citizens need to see their Long-term vision on stabilizing and enforcing law and order in the State.

“Ultimately, unveiling the agendas especially in the area of security, crime control and law enforcement as it concerns the elites will help the citizens in deciding the right candidate at the poll, we believe this will further bring trust to investors and restore sanity in our dear state.

“We all know that the primary reason the Western world flourish economically is because no one is considered above the law, this is contrary to what we have in Edo state, only those without pollical or financial strength is punished for a crime committed , this has to stop in the interest of peace and fairness.

“The vision of EPIA/EIM is to see a society where the law is toughly interpreted and enforced accordingly with all perpetrators duly punished for a crime committed against other citizens without political influence or sentiments”, the statement said.

EPIA was established in 2014 to empower Edo Indigenes all over the world and fight against maginaliztion of indigenes in their settlements across the board; to empower Edo indigenous people; to promote Edo indigenous language and culture all over the world; to protect the right of women, children, physically challenged and the vulnerable indigenous people in Edo State and around the world; to create food and welfare bank for Edo indigenous people in every country they are located worldwide; to promote 15% tax cuts for Edo indigenous investors; to promote bursary for Edo indigenous students; and lots more.

Security of lives and property: EPIA to partner Edo Police

As part of Edo Indigenous Movement known as Edo Progressive Indigenous Association (EPIA) commitment in securing the lives and properties of people living in Edo State, EPIA has concluded plans to collaborate with the Edo State Police Command led by CP Johnson Babatunde Kokumo.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Chairman of Publicity and Research Committee, Mr Osazee Nelson Godwin. According to the statement, the partnership became expedient especially as the 2020 Edo Governorship election get closer.

“The security of lives and properties is uppermost in our heart, that is why we have mapped out plans to discuss with the Commissioner of Police on ways we can assist in mitigating crimes and criminality in our dear State.

“The Police need the support of all well meaning individuals and groups in fighting crimes and criminality. We want the security that is obtainable in Western countries to be replicated here in Edo State. It is only absolute security that will create the enabling environment for investments thereby creating employment opportunities for our teeming populations.

“This partnership will also help to promote and secure businesses that are done at night, especially food vendors around major motor parks, and night clubs”, the Statement said.

EPIA want to use this medium to call on all Edo indigenes to support the association in moving our dear Edo State forward.

Membership registration is free and can be accessed
on ‪www.edoindigenes.com‬.”

Stop dressing in other cultural attire, dress Edo, EPIA charges Edo indigenes

Frontline Edo indigenous organization, Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA) has called on Edo indigenes to, as a matter of urgency, begin massive rebranding of the Edo Indigene.

EPIA in a Press Release frowned at the tendency of many Edo indigenes who now resort to dressing in non-indigenous dress codes to represent Edo culture.

Signed by its Founder and National President, Chief Bishop J.O.E. Edokpolo, the Release which is emanated from EPIA Headquarters, Benin City, called on Edo stakeholders in all fields of endeavor to realize that a cultural dress code is one of the most important aspects of a people’s identity. It further pointed out that Edo indigenes are gradually losing their identity to other cultures, and the development is wearing down the essence of the Edo man, woman and child.

It read in parts: it’s sad that we still see respected Edo men and women who pride themselves in foreign regalia and cultural dressing that does not in any way reflect the culture and fabric of the Edo nation. We are charging our indigenes to end the practice forthwith. You are reducing our cultural values to zero, you are the mirror through which other people see Edo state and Edo people.

“Please be proud to wear our clothes and beads, advertise Edo indigenous royalty, because the pride of a man is in his tradition”, he appealed.

BREAKING: Edo Indigenous Movement to conduct debate for governorship candidates

By Isaac Eranga

The Edo Progressive Indigenous Association (EPIA), also known as Edo Indigenous Movement, said all is set for a Governorship debate comprising all the governership candidates in the forthcoming Edo governorship election bid for September 19, 2020.

This was revealed in a statement signed by the Chairman, Edo Indigenous Publicity and Research Committee (EIPRC), Mr Osazee Nelson Godwin.

The statement has it that the purpose of the debate is for candidates to let the indigenous people know their agenda, thereby using it as a means of signing a contractual agreement with them.

“Gone are the days when people vote for political party and not individuals that reflects the hopes and aspirations of the people. Party affiliation don’t have anything to do with the development of a community or State, it’s the agenda of a person that matters. That is why in EPIA, we don’t endorse candidates, we only endorse agendas.

“The candidates are expected to let the people know what they intend to do when elected as governor of the State. The policies they intend to formulate and the projects they intend to execute. EPIA will join the indigenous people of the State to scrutinise the agendas and then aid them to choose the one that reflects their hopes and the aspirations.

“Our members around the world will be mobilised to support the best of the agendas. So, it is no longer business as usual. We want the best for Edo people.

“We want to also use this debate to send a clear message to all the candidates that are contesting in Edo State that, they should all roll out their agenda and put it on the bill boards across the State.

“Edo indigenes are no longer interested in faces, they are after developmental vision the candidates want to achieve in the next 40 years. We want to be the economic magnet of Africa. The development of Edo State is the business of all its indigenes”, said the statement.

EPIA was established in 2013 to empower Edo Indigenes all over the world and fight against maginaliztion of indigenes in their settlements across the board; to empower Edo indigenous people; to promote Edo indigenous language and culture all over the world; to protect the right of women, children, physically challenged and the vulnerable indigenous people in Edo State and around the world; to create food and welfare bank for Edo indigenous people in every country they are located worldwide; to promote 15% tax cuts for Edo indigenous investors; to promote bursary for Edo indigenous students; to support, encourage and protect the none indigenous investors and the law abiding none indigenes; to promote welfare packages for 60 years and above including the physically challenged , widows, homeless children and abused women among the Edo indigenous people; to promote easy access jobs and loans to Edo indigenous people including loan for small businesses; to take data of all Edo indigenous people all over the the world; and lastly, to help settle Edo Indigenous deportees or the Indigenes that voluntarily return home from the diaspora into a skill acquisition/ vocational school, partnering with European bodies.